Nim Chimpsky

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  • Essay on Chimpanzees' Ability to Use Language in a Rudimentary Way

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    Chimpanzees' Ability to Use Language in a Rudimentary Way Many researchers wonder if chimpanzees are really able to use language in a rudimentary way, or if it is just created by operant conditioning. Psychologists realized, as far back as 60 years ago, that chimps would never be able to learn spoken language. They do not have the specialized tongue, lips, teeth, facial muscles, and palate that humans do to make the vast array of speech sounds that humans do. Researchers have instead tried

  • Why Not Animals Have A Language?

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    People, myself included have been fascinated by animals for a very long time. One thing that has never been quite conclusively stated is whether or not animals have a language. Whether that be a language similar to ours or a language all to themselves that differs between species. As time has passed we have learned much about what works and what does not, but does that qualify as them using language as we define it today or something else entirely? There are multiple studies and experiments that

  • Great Ape Theory Of Mind

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    failed in most cases to differentially request food from the "knower." They point out that most evidence in support of great ape theory of mind involves naturalistic settings to which the apes may have already adapted through past learning. Nim Chimpsky,

  • Characteristics Of Humans And Other Animals

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    irst arriving two hundred years ago, Homo sapiens have diverged from an earlier ancestral species, developing drastically distinct characteristics from other animals. As advancements in the field of evolutionary biology occur, the issue of whether or not humans and other animals are fundamentally different becomes more relevant. It is only appropriate in this context that “fundamentally” must be defined as a “relating to the basic character of something” (Macmillan Dictionary) because taxonomy organizes

  • American Sign Language In Roger Fouts's Next Of Kin

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    Many would say chimpanzees are our long lost relatives. They have many traits that may mirror human beings and they are able to show signs of communication. Whether it be playing pranks on their handlers or simply telling them they are hungry, chimpanzees are highly intellectual creatures that are misunderstood. In “Next of Kin,” a book written by psychologist Roger Fouts, notices and appreciates this intellectual behavior shown from our hairy relatives. For centuries chimpanzees have been practicing

  • Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle

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    The first topic addressed in this book that I will focus on is the social behavior of apes, specifically on courting rituals and mating behavior, such as the love dance performed by the “humans” in the novel. The second topic is the (in)capability of apes to produce human speech. In the novel, the apes all speak human language, but in reality, this is not a likely possibility. To elaborate on the first topic, when the “humans” in the novel are taken to the research facility, Ulysse soon realizes

  • What Makes Us Human?

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    What Makes Us Human Being a human is a lot more complex than people believe it to be. Although we can be similar, we’re unique to any other mammals or animals in the world. Humans are a difficult species to understand. We’re constantly changing and creating or discovering new things, throughout our world. Being a human isn’t always easy; we get things thrown at us suddenly like sickness or death, things go wrong such as failing a test or going through a breakup, and the most challenging thing;